Planning for the Future

  • As Gwinnett County grows, so too does Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS).  School system staff proactively monitors residential development, demographic trends, and student enrollment.  This enables school system staff to manage existing school capacity and forecast the need for construction of new schools or additions to existing schools. 

    Planning for the future also requires processes that ensure renewal of existing facilities and other capital investments such as technology, school buses, equipment, and other assets.  Planning for the future requires a capital plan, what GCPS refers to as “The Plan”. 

    “The Plan” is not a static document.  A new phase of The Plan is developed every five years and includes projects and capital investments necessary to ensure that the district has the facilities, infrastructure, financial means, and technological resources to advance teaching and learning.  Progress regarding the execution of The Plan is shared monthly with the Board of Education.   

    The Plan is paid for by the “one penny” education special purpose local option sales tax (E-SPLOST), bonds, and participation in the Georgia State Capital Outlay program.  GCPS is currently in the process of completing an existing five-year capital plan and beginning a new five-year plan. 

    The Plan 2017-2022 - GCPS is nearing the completion of The Plan 2017-2022 which is funded and financed by a continuation of the E-SPLOST and a General Obligation Bond (G.O. Bond).  Both measures were approved by Gwinnett County voters in November of 2015 and 2018 respectively.  The Plan 2017-2022 is also supplemented by Georgia’s State Capital Outlay Program which helps fund a portion of qualified facility improvements. 

    The Plan 2022-2027 - In November of 2020, Gwinnett County voters approved a continuation of E-SPLOST to fund The Plan 2022-2027.  Facilities staff will continue to optimize the use of state capital outlay dollars to pay for a portion of planned facility investments. 

    Monitoring Growth and Development - To ensure Gwinnett County Public Schools is proactively planning for growth, staff works closely with our County and municipal planning departments to monitor proposed and active residential development.

    Monthly Building and Construction Reports - Gwinnett County Public Schools staff updates the Board of Education and our community monthly regarding the execution of planned construction projects. 

    E-SPLOST Accountability - In addition to monthly reports to the Board of Education regarding the progress of our building program, the GCPS E-SPLOST program is audited, and the capital budget is reviewed and published annually.

    Questions and Answers - Staff has included responses to commonly asked questions regarding the funding, financing, and execution of The Plan.

    What's New - A link to recent media releases related to capital plan.